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Community Highlights: Meet Kelly Bagla of Bagla Law Firm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Bagla.

Kelly Bagla, Esq. is an international award-winning corporate attorney who practices in San Diego, California. Kelly is a bestselling Author, an Inventor, selected Top Woman Entrepreneur by LA Dreams Magazine, nominated as one of the Business Women of the Year by San Diego Business Journal, selected Top Lawyer by Marquis Who’s Who, selected Attorney of the Month by San Diego Attorney Journal, won Best of 2020 Oceanside Business Services award, selected Top 20 Businesswomen to watch in 2020 by Insights Success Magazine, selected Top Transformational Woman Leader by Industry Wired Magazine, Podcast host of Go Legal Yourself -– ranked top 20 business law podcasts (get the App – it’s free), Judge on Everyday Edisons Emmy award-winning TV show, TV personality and Speaker. A multi-degree lawyer, Kelly began her career with the largest international law firm in the world, Baker & McKenzie, where she advised domestic and international clients on all corporate matters.

Kelly has successfully founded Bagla Law Firm, APC and is currently celebrating its 11th anniversary. Kelly is also the founder and CEO of GoLegalYourself.com a do-it-yourself legal protection online company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their business with the right legal documents.

Kelly has authored four books: Go Legal Yourself, First Edition, Go Own Yourself, Doing Business In The United States (get your free e-copy from www.BaglaLaw.com), and Go Legal Yourself, Second Edition. All books support and promote entrepreneurship.

Kelly has been interviewed by prestigious publications such as Business View, Business Fame, Investors Digest, California Business Journal, SDVoyager, LAVoyager, and StarCentral to name a few, for her achievements, innovation and determination in helping entrepreneurs start successful businesses. Kelly is a monthly contributor to Homeland Magazine and San Diego Veterans Magazine. Kelly was also chosen to write a full chapter in The Growth Formula by Kal Reece, How Industry Leaders Overcome Fear, Debt & Financial Challenges.

Kelly’s passion is to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and she lives by her own motto:

“Grab the world by the pearls, it’s yours for the taking!” – Kelly Bagla, Esq.

Kelly, thanks so much for sitting down with us again.  For our readers who might have missed our prior conversations, can you please give them some background on your story?
For anyone entering into a field which only has 3% of women in corporate and business law, there was some uncertainty from time to time. But I had an enormous amount of conviction that I was doing the right thing with each of these decisions. I was born and raised in England and I am the youngest of 7 children. Although I have wanted to be an attorney for as long as I can remember, I also witnessed firsthand the incredible freedom and opportunity that comes from being a business owner. I watched my father work tirelessly as an employee of a factory, all the while saving and dreaming, before ultimately buying the company he had worked for. It was a beautiful and empowering experience.

Not surprisingly, my parents encouraged me to follow suit and chase after my dreams. Even though there were no attorneys in my family, they cheered me every step. As a young attorney at Baker & McKenzie, I cut my teeth in the practice of law with some of the best attorneys in the field. After leaving and joining a boutique IP firm, I expanded my knowledge and expertise to include not only the practice of law but how to bring in clients, which would ultimately allow me to open Bagla Law Firm. There was also a bit of apprehension about leaving the international law firm, and again, there was fear to overcome when launching my firm. But my conviction overrode my fear. Although healthy fear can play a valuable role from time to time because it prevents us from making risky decisions such as going for a jog on a freeway during rush hour; when it comes to chasing after your dreams, I find fear to be a particularly unhelpful emotion. So, I walk right through it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Challenges and roadblocks for me were similar to what I see most entrepreneurs experience. There was uncertainty to overcome earlier in my career when I chose to launch my own law firm and leave behind the safety net of working for a large law firm. With both my firm and with Go Legal Yourself, there were challenges including budgeting and funding. Of course, there was no shortage of unsolicited advice from people who would say things like “it’s already been done” “you won’t be able to do it” or, “it’s going to take you a long time.” In the end, it all worked out because I had faith and confidence in who I am. John S. Maxwell said it best, “You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.”

We’ve been impressed with Bagla Law Firm, APC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Bagla Law Firm, APC is a business law firm celebrating its 11th anniversary in law. We provide a complete suite of services to fulfill the needs of entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, and international businesses.

Bagla Law Firm specializes in providing excellent legal services to those clients who are based outside the United States and plan on growing their business by selling products in America. It can be very daunting and confusing for foreign-based companies learning the ins and outs of how to do business in the United States and that’s where we excel: helping those companies with all their legal needs when expanding operations in America. No need is too great as Bagla Law Firm helps clients from the startup phase to the growth phase and eventually through the sale or merger phase.

Bagla Law Firm also helps clients with offshore asset protection. The strongest asset protection you can establish is an offshore strategy involving a limited liability company and a trust. Offshore asset protection removes your entire asset portfolio out of the U.S. legal system. You essentially put your assets into a legal system that has the strongest asset protection laws in the world.

Starting a new business or entering a new market is a giant leap, both emotionally and financially. In the United States, incorporating a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Moreover, the legal structure one chooses for their business impacts the business registration requirements, how much taxes to be paid with their personal liability. Bagla Law Firm, a distinguished law firm led by Kelly Bagla, Esq., makes the leap as simple and as reliable as possible.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Living a balanced life where I can devote my passion to working, I love being a business attorney and helping all types of clients to start, run and grow their businesses; to spending time with my husband, Brent and our three beautiful dogs.

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